From the Archive: An overdue correction

WWII Veteran Harvey Kaufman

Lt. Harvey Kaufman, won 10 air medals for his WWII service as a bombardier.

In a 1944 dispatch, JTA reported, “He downed three German fighter planes.”

Seventy years later, Harvey called JTA with a correction: Someone else shot down those planes.

How did Harvey find us?

His daughter, Melinda, Googled his name and read our 1944 article to him. Melinda read it aloud to her father; he was livid and “very disturbed.”

“I told him not to worry” Melinda recalled. “How many people are going to read an article from 1944? But he kept saying, ‘It’s the principle of the matter.’”

During an hour-long phone conversation with JTA in June of last year, Harvey Kaufman described in vivid detail all of the various people and functions on the plane.

Convinced that he was of sound mind and not just being humble, JTA appended a correction to his story: 70 years after the fact.

Harvey Kaufman passed away on Jan. 24 at the age of 93. Despite the correction, his record as an accomplished pilot is unquestionable. The same goes for JTA’s commitment to preserving the record of Jewish history.

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Lt. Harvey Kaufman receives awards from Col. Joseph P. Bailey. (Courtesy

Lt. Harvey Kaufman receives awards from Col. Joseph P. Bailey. (Courtesy

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Adam Soclof is JTA’s Associate Director of Outreach and Partnerships and coordinates presentations and advertising/marketing opportunities for the news agency. A digital archives enthusiast, Adam has authored more than 300 blog posts for The JTA Archive Blog and was responsible for its social media presence and weekly newsletter, This Week in Jewish History. Adam has presented at several conferences in the form of game shows, interactive social media campaigns and Powerpoint presentations. Follow him on Twitter: @hypersem